Republican AGs Angry Over Supreme Court Obamacare Punt

The ghost of John McCain lingers.

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If John McCain would have put his country before his ego years ago this question would be moot. But that was not the case and Republican state Attorney Generals are not happy with the recent Supreme Court decision that said states did not have the standing to contest the issue before the high court. The Supremes punted on the issue of the law’s merit.

FNC: “Texas and other Republican-led states ripped the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, arguing Thursday’s ruling ignored the core issue of whether ‘ObamaCare’ was constitutional. The justices voted 7-2 to reject the challenge from a coalition of 18 states and two individuals, marking the third time a GOP-led effort to overturn ObamaCare failed in the Supreme Court. In their decision, the justices determined that states lacked the standing to bring their case to federal court. The states’ case hinged on ObamaCare’s individual mandate, which required most Americans to have health insurance or face penalties. Republicans argued that the mandate became unconstitutional when Congress eliminated the penalty in 2017, asserting the rest of the law should be struck down as a result.”

“ObamaCare was sold on a lie to the American people. Its crown jewel – the individual mandate – was unconstitutional when it was enacted and it is still unconstitutional,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said. “Yet, seven justices decided to avoid the question of the constitutionality by limiting its decision to a ruling on standing. If the government is allowed to mislead its citizens, pass a massive government takeover of health care, and yet still survive after Supreme Court review, this spells doom for the principles of federalism and limited government.”

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said he was “deeply disappointed that the court ducked the question about the unconstitutionality of the individual mandate. This case was always about: one, ensuring that individuals could not be coerced into purchasing health insurance against their will; and, two, making the insurance system far more affordable for hard-working Americans. Too many West Virginians have suffered from skyrocketing premiums and need better, more affordable health care options. We will keep fighting for affordable coverage and against coercive, individual mandates that represent the opposite of freedom.”

“At no point in today’s decision do the Supreme Court justices address the merits of our argument that ObamaCare is unconstitutional,” said Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “Arkansans deserve better, and I will continue to urge Congress to establish a comprehensive health care law that will allow states to be flexible while ensuring coverage for pre-existing conditions.”

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said the lawsuit was “an invitation to judicial activism from the start.”

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“While SCOTUS never reached the constitutional issues, I am happy that its decision did no harm to our people,” Yost added.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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